Apparently there was some sphinx drama, which I found out about only after the fact. How much do I love Mod R? Thiiiiis much.
To date we have written 28 novels and a handful of novellas and short stories. If we ballpark it at 100,000 words per novel – some are less but the novellas make up for it – we’re at 2,800,000 words. If each word was a dollar bill and we stacked them on top of each other, it would reach to the height of 1,002.4 feet.
It is inevitable that in a body of work that large, some words and concepts are repeated. Especially, since Kate Daniels is a heavily mythological series that alone spans over 1,000,000 words. Most well known mythological creatures are either featured or mentioned in the series.
KD and Innkeeper both have vampires and knights. KD, Innkeeper, the Edge, and Hidden Legacy all have shapeshifters. KD and the Edge have witches, and so on. People in all three series have eaten breakfast.
The list goes on. It’s highly possible that we will have a sexy djinn dude in the future or a hilariously comical manticore, because reinterpreting familiar concepts is fun for us.
It’s exciting to make connections between the series. I remember when Gordon casually told me that Simon Green’s Hawk and Fisher are really Prince Rupert and Princess Julia from Blue Moon Rising, it blew my mind. I am dense and it flew right by me the first time I read it.
But when an author has used rancid spaghetti as an example of something that’s gross twice in 15 years and almost 3 million words or features characters that are eating sausage and pancakes during breakfast – an American staple, saying that the authors are obsessed with it is a bit of a stretch. Comments like this are frequently removed, first, because they often cross the line into making assumptions about us as people and second, because they generate a long line of responses arguing with it. Feelings inevitably get hurt, and nobody likes that.
To stress, this is not a judgement by any means. It’s flattering when readers feel passionate about your work. This is mostly about preventing long drawn-out arguments.
That said, yes, we are totally obsessed with breakfast. And brinner. Brinner is awesome.
Now for the really important question: will we be putting sphinxes into Hidden Legacy?
If it means that much to you, I’m sure we can add House Sphinx in there somewhere.